Sunday, December 26, 2004

Slowly leaving 04.

I am very conforted in these days after Christmas by the confident passage of time into a new year, sometimes into a new era. When we entertain fantasies of wiping out the past, we are responding to one of our deepest human yearnings -- a new, fresh beginning. In Christianity that possibility is always on offer and goes by the name of forgiveness. Yes, we can wipe out the past, perhaps not its memories but surely we can allow ourselves to be rescued from the remaining harm and pain of the past. "Do not be afraid," continues to be the great theme of John Paul II and surely now invites us all to slowly leave 04 behind and embrace all the unknown and unpredictable moments of 2005.